Case study: Gaspar gets a better chance

“I feel happy and energetic. I like it because people are looking at me and they’re happy too.” Gaspar, El Salvador  

Gaspar, 10 lives in a violent neighbourhood in San Salvador. Here, there are frequent shootings and gang violence is a constant threat.For young boys growing up there it is a struggle not to get caught up in gangs and violence. 

Luckily, Gaspar has been able to enjoy music and art lessons, with CAFOD’ssupport. These activities happen both during and after school hours, giving children like Gaspar a productive way to spend their time and an opportunity to be with other children in a stress-free environment.  

Every child deserves time to be a child and learn through play, “I like coming to these projects,” says Gaspar. “I like to learn more and more each day about playing the drums and drawing.”  

Gift of play

Having a creative outlet for their energy can be vital to stop children falling into the clutches of violent gangs. This charity gift can pay for music and dance classes providing children with a safe place to relax, make friends, learn something new and have fun!

Why buy this Gift of play?

  • The ideal gift for a teacher, a special birthday present or simply a gift to celebrate someone's sense of fun!
  • Provide children living in neighbourhoods plagued with violence a safe place to play
  • Music and dance classes are the ideal space for children to channel their creative energy and make friends.

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